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Catalytic Converter Theft

So, here we are still in the grip of this terrible pandemic. Millions of businesses are now struggling due to Government restrictions. Especially the pubs and catering establishments. Of course, as business man then I really do feel for the people who are pulling their hair out trying to survive. Fortunately, as a garage and MOT Testing station then we are able to open.

So, earlier we did have to close for a while! Because, the government decided to suspend MOT testing for six months. Of course this killed our business over night and we kept one fitter to fit and repair tyres. Unfortunately, the rest of the garage staff had to be furloughed. Anyhow we are back to almost normal trading at the present time and are thankful for all our loyal customers.

Our customers are supporting us and we are keeping prices as low as we can to help support them in this terrible period of time. On the other side we are also trying our best to support local businesses in the Halifax area!

Increase in cat thefts

Sadly we are now seeing an increase in the theft of catalytic converters. Especially here in the Halifax area. This week October 2020 we have had two Honda cars submitted with the catalytic converters cut off. These cats are manufactured using some precious metals. So, this is to filter the engines emissions to give us cleaner air.

Vehicle owners do not realise the value of  this part hanging underneath and connected to their exhaust pipe. Incredibly, then most catalytic converts contain many different types of  precious metals! Including rare and precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium. So, other valuable metals such as copper, magnesium, cerium, iron and nickel are also in the mix.

This makes these cats worth while stealing and thefts are increasing. The worst case of this has come from a tyre wholesaler in Elland. All their vans were left out over the weekend. Consequently, thieves stole the catalytic converters from all the vans! Incredible!

Police advice to motorists

After looking at this problem, then I have discovered that the problem is nation wide. In fact, the police have given out some advice about preventing this from happening. The advice is given on the “West Yorkshire Police” web site.

The images are from one of the Honda Jazz cars showing where the catalytic converter was cut off.

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Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

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Electric Battery Cars or Hydrogen fueled Cars?

It is for certain that one of these days we will run out of oil. Although we have now discovered new oil reserves by means of “fracking” we will still run out of oil one of these days. This together with the need to clean up our planet has lead us to try and discover new technologies to drive our transport system forward using less polluting fuels and renewable energies.

How the hydrogen cell car works

One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace in the first instance, but in my opinion has now slowed down as we try to refine the technology to give us more distance on one charge of the Electric Battery Cars. The technology here has been the use of Lithium-Ion batteries. Some car makers such as Nissan have developed the Hybrid Electric Battery Cars, a car that is battery driven with a backup petrol engine that kicks in when the car reaches a certain speed for out of town driving.

Other car producers have opted for the full blown Electric Battery Cars, which relies totally on a battery for its power. These cars have the problem of traveling any distance, but are good for around town usage. In my opinion the battery solution is not the answer to the bigger problem of distance before the battery needs re-charging. Charging stations are cropping up all over the place and the electric car will have a part to play in the big picture but in my opinion it is looking like a short term fix and in any case these cars are charged up using “dirty fuel” that we use to fuel our power stations, it is just applying a “sticking plaster” on a gaping wound.

Battery cars for short journeys, and hydrogen for the long journey?

Many different car companies have been looking at the hydrogen technology. Hence, many governments have been investing large amounts of money into the development of the hydrogen fueled engine. Car companies such as BMW, Toyota Cars and Mazda have come up with new and improved methods. Of course, to meet the growing demand for an alternative fuel. To the one of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power. Driving our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace. Driving cars so that larger distances can be covered. Governments across the World are at this very moment working together. Trying, to produce a stable hydrogen product. Thus, that can be used in regular filling stations. Indeed these filling stations are beginning to pop up. As these car companies have become closer to producing their hydrogen fuel celled vehicles.

General motors and Honda are also interested in this fuel.

Importantly, and are developing engines accordingly. As the only by-product is water, then the hydrogen fuel cells produce no pollution. On top of that, fuel cells are safe, more reliable (as they do not have many moving parts). Using, the most abundant of elements in the universe as a power source (hydrogen).

The governments need to tie up with the major car manufactures in the world. Of course, to accelerate the use of hydrogen and similar energy efficient cars. Instead of lining up at the gas filling stations. So, the hydrogen car owners can buy tanks of liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Though the general trend for fuel efficient cars. Hence with alternative and better fuel designs will keep on increasing. Various political, consumer, legal, environmental and technological factors will decide the extend of deployment.

Toyota is expected to fund a new network of hydrogen filling stations in the California area of America

Hence, by the way of a loan to a company called First Element Fuel Inc and in conjunction with the state of California and eventually rolling the stations out into a wider area. Toyota estimates that 68 refueling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state. Toyota estimates that 68 refueling stations will be required to satisfy the needs of California’s 10,000 fuel cell customers. By the end of 2016, Lentz hopes to have 50 stations operating across the state.

Believe it or not Toyota started working on the fuel cell car as long ago as 1992. That is 25 years of experience in this technology, with the first production model to be available by 2015. The ironic part of my opening question is that the hydrogen fuel cell is really a battery?

“FCVs are powered by fuel cells, which generate electricity from hydrogen, which is not only environmentally friendly and highly energy-efficient, but can also be produced using a variety of readily available raw materials. Thanks to these characteristics, fuel cell vehicles are ideal for achieving sustainable mobility. Therefore, Toyota is striving to make this vehicle technology widely available as soon as possible.”…More reading…

http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/environmental_technology/fuelcell_vehicle/

These new cars will be expected to drive twice the distance on a full tank of fuel

Thus, with the fuel costing about the same as gasoline (petrol). In my opinion this will be at the forefront of the leading car technology, for cars that will travel mid and long distances.

Leaving the One of the biggest steps has been towards the development of battery power to drive our Electric Battery Cars. This development took on rapid pace, to cover urban and town driving. There will also be a mix of other fuels such a bio-fuels in the big mix and things that are not yet invented.

For more reading about the Toyota Hydrogen Cars…http://www.firstelementfuel.com/

http://green.autoblog.com/2013/12/11/2015-toyota-fuel-cell-hydrogen-vehicle-prototype-review/

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CAR BRAKES-New Ruling from EU coming soon? AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking)

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This is one of those articles that can be difficult to write. Of course, due to complex and differing points of view. Firstly the ruling although not compulsory is aimed at the car manufacturers. So, to update their cars by the end of this year (2014).

My problem is that now I am getting on a bit! I am realizing that my concentration is getting a few seconds slower than when I was a younger man. A couple of years  ago I did a battery delivery to East Yorkshire. On a nice sunny clear day. Because of my passion for cars I am always looking out when I pass a garage or a parking lot. Just in case I see a vintage or classic car.  So that I can photograph it for my blog.

On this particular occasion I glanced away from the road as I passed an old Land Rover parked in a field. I was driving at about 40 mph and turned to look back at the road in front. To my horror the traffic had stopped ahead of me and I had to slam on the car brakes ! Of course, as hard as I could. Missing the car in front by a whisker. I was really shaken and further on I had to pull into a pub car park. Thus, to re-compose myself and thought of what could have been.

This incident and the fact that there are millions of other drivers

So, in the same position as me. Prompted me to reflect on the snippets that I had been reading about a new system that would be introduced in 2014. It was in the think tank stages of the Eu New Car Assessment Programme then or (Euro NCAP).

The system known as AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) will be expected to be fitted to new cars. Hence, by the end of this year (2014). The new technology will become part of the crash test assessment. So, cars that are not fitted with the AEB car brakes will not get the 5 star rating for road safety. Michaels Van Ratingen the secretary general of the Euro NCAP says…

“We don’t want to force the car makers into this immediately, but we’ve made it very clear that the best way to ensure a five-star rating from 2014 is to have AEB on the vehicle,”

He must be disappointed though because at the moment only just over 20% of new cars have the new system fitted.

Your car  will, be much safer with the new car brakes system fitted

The new brakes technology will reduce my quoter of near misses. Importantly, that I have nearly had in the past year. So and reduce the number of small bumper to bumper accidents and hopefully “whiplash claims”. It’s a new system that uses radar, lidar (laser) and also video technology. Happily, to warn the driver of an impending frontal collision. This must happen to all of us on the congested roads here in the UK. Before priming the brakes and eventually performing an emergency stop.

The new system is expected to save up to 8000 lives in the EU Countries alone, but not everyone agrees and thinks that better driver training (as in my case) would be a better option, he says…

“Although you are right to a small degree in that “advanced driver” are predisposed to better driving. Including the techniques they use are hugely influential. To prove my point.

I train learner drivers using the system of car control and commentary skills. In the last decade I have only had one pupil seriously injured in the two years after they passed their test. She was hit by a stolen car, traveling at double the speed limit, on the wrong side of the road and coming round a blind corner. I do not select my pupils by their predisposition to advanced driving, but I do train them to a much higher standard than is required for the driving test.”

In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes.

It is alright if your car has them fitted. But not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted. Until all cars have the new In my opinion it will be the same problem as ABS car brakes. It is alright if your car has them fitted. But not the other guy who doesn’t have them fitted. So, it is going to be a lottery of the does and don’ts. If a line of cars all have to slam on. You will stop because you will have the new car brakes system fitted. But the car at the back of you may not stop because he has not got the new car brakes system fitted.

All new rules and technology are going to help the motorists in today’s heavy traffic and I am all for safety measures that will help this cause. In my opinion this is a great idea. It will also save the future lives of some cyclists and pedestrians, so there is no reason to be negative about it. This is one of the best ideas to come out of the EU Parliament, amongst all the other rubbish that they dish out.

I am not sure if the car manufacturers will be using standard systems or doing their own thing, but as a garage owner I say “bring it on”. Brakes safety is one of my biggest promoted subjects and the AEB system, will be a great advantage to us in the long run when they are fitted to all cars as standard  

 For further reading… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9429746/Auto-braking-a-quantum-leap-for-road-safety.html

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CAR TYRES-technical developments to create a Greener tyre.

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Man made car tyres develop and change over the years.

So the tyres that were made say thirty years ago would not be suitable for today’s cars. The tyre has developed into part of the evolution of greener cars, especially in recent times when vehicle emissions have become a very important part of new car development.

Tyre companies are trying all sorts of new techniques. To develop car tyres that will give a better “rolling resistance”. Better rolling resistance makes it easier for a car to move forward . Whilst at the same time enabling the car to give a smooth ride. Sticking to the road when cornering and in bad weather conditions.

Tyre companies are using new and much lighter materials.

Including new materials that go into the compounds. Ultimately, that make the materials that are used for the outer layers of the car tyres. Hence, for making the sidewalls and tread area. One of the main products used is still latex of course. But tyres companies are now trying other materials. So, to try lesson the use of petrol-chemicals derived from oil.

One of these leading the charge is Yokohama tyres. Yokohama are experimenting with many materials. Importantly, one of the more successful ones has been “orange peel oil”.  Another tyre company that are trying new materials are Goodyear tyres. Goodyear has teamed up with a biotechnology company called DuPont. The two companies are working together to produce molecules to try to match the molecules that are found in tyre compounds. Rubber is a molecule! So by replicating similar molecules from sugar molecules they will be able to manufacture a product. Of course, that could be used to make tyre with and replace the dependency of latex. The natural material that tyres are made of at the moment. For more reading… http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/news/making-tires-green.html

Continental tyres are also one of the Worlds car tyres development innovators.

Over the years they have formed what they call their “green kitchen” to enable them to develop more environmentally friendly compounds, by replacing the more dangerous chemicals used in tyre making with new more eco-friendly products, similar to what Goodyear and other tyre companies are experimenting with. More information…http://www.continental-corporation.com/www/csr_com_en/themes/news/reifenmischung_en.html 

Michelin Tyres UK are going down the same road. Michelin have always been at the front of car tyres development, ever since the invention of the “steel belted radial” and are now looking at all possible ways of future tyre development, including the use of old tyres…

“Terry Getty’s, Michelin’s research and development director stated that the tyre giant’s innovation strategy continues to focus on exploiting raw materials to the maximum. He further said that TREC is a perfect illustration of eco-design and will help them creating latest high-performance tyres using high-quality raw materials derived from old car tyres”.

 This includes Michelin’s latest tyre, which will not lose any grip all the way down to the tyre tread wear bars, due to the different compound depths within the tyres.

Now more important to switch your Michelin tyres round

Tyre rotation has become just as important as ever, because of the new developments and the need gain every bit of wear that you can out of your tyres. In my opinion there is also a need to match the tyres that are fitted to the car, especially if your car has the latest tyre specs that have been developed between the car and the tyre manufacturers.

We are pleasantly surprised though, how many of our customers do indeed practice this now. They are up to date with the fact that car tyres from different tyre manufacturers are now different and that they should be matched up for a better performance, that will give the car the same handling qualities when braking and cornering, in any type of weather conditions.

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CAR OIL LEVELS- Check Them Regularly or your could find yourself in trouble?

 Check Your CAR OIL LEVELS it makes sense?

This is one piece of good advice that I failed to carry out myself. So. I had driven to France on a short trip recently, in my Peugeot Partner Van, when the “Low Oil Level” light came on. Oh I thought this must be wrong?

I am always preaching to other people to check their car oil levels. Sure enough the vans oil level was below the minimum level on the dip-stick and I had two buy a two litre plastic tub of 5w-30 engine oil for diesel driven vehicles.

I also recommend car owners to take a small container of oil with them. Just in case that it is needed in some remote spot. Luckily I was near a supermarket. We usually recommend that you should change your oil about every three thousand miles. But this does not apply to all makes and models of car. Just remember it is better to be safe than sorry and a regular oil change is a safe option. Especially if you are a high mileage driver and perhaps use your car for your job.

Most good garages now use servicing guides that are computerised

We use a system that tells us all the service intervals, including car oil levels, oil changes and other important things such as the times to change your cars timing belt. We also refer to the owner’s service manuals, which gives us the correct intervals for changing your cars oil.

So, most of our customers that have servicing. Thus, will leave their car with us for the day. So, either take public transport back home or to work. Also, we have a small fleet of courtesy cars that are available for their use. If they live in fairly close proximity to the garage. Then we very often give them a lift. For instance we have a local college nearby and we are always giving the college tutors. Including, some of the older students a lift to work. Whilst they leave their cars for the work to be carried out.

There is doubt that it is also a good idea to learn how to check your own car oil levels in the car’s engine. You should learn to open the bonnet catch, it would surprise you how many of our customers cannot find the catch that will help them open their Old Cars bonnet (hood).

Check your own oil levels with the dip-stick

The second good thing to learn is; which is the “dip-stick” that tells you what your car oil levels is at the time of the checking. Your car manual will show you where it is on your car, but you can also ask your local garage to show you where it is located, I am sure that they will only be too pleased to help.

Once you have located the dip-stick you must take it out and give it a wipe with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Pop the stick back into its housing until you have pushed the stick right in, and then pull it back out slowly, so that you do not smudge the reading. On the stick there are two markings a minimum marking and a maximum marking. This is self-explanatory; just top the car oil levels up until you reach the maximum level. Do not exceed the max level, because this is as bad as having a low oil level. Having too much oil can cause extra pressure inside the engine and cause your engine to be damaged or even explode.

So keep an eye on your oil level and check it at regular intervals. Have your oil changed at regular intervals. When you are checking your own oil levels be careful to check it slowly and carefully and do not overfill the engine with excess oil. Also I would advise the driver to keep a small amount of the exact same oil that the garage filled your car with on a car  service, this can then be used for topping up purposes.

Most garages keep small containers of oil in stock especially for this purpose. Also make sure that the oil that you are topping up with is the

exact same viscosity as the oil in your engine and it is for either petrol or diesel. And finally always have your Car Oil  checked after a long or speedy journey.

 

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Finding The Correct Van-That Suits Your Business

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Finding The Van That Suits Your Business

For businesses like our auto company, having vehicles capable of transporting equipment and staff is vital. One of the best all-round vehicles is a van, but there are so many different options to choose from, meaning that it can be hard to make the right decision. A business vehicle is a big investment, so it’s important that you find the one that suits your organization. Here are our tips on what to look out for when you’re searching for your ideal van.

Think About What You Need The Van For

The initial decision you need to make when searching for your perfect business van is what you’re going to use it for. There are many different types of business van to suit a variety of uses, so review what you’re going to use the van for before you start visiting dealerships. Work Out If It’s Worth Branding Your Van
Putting your business’s branding on the side of your van could be a great way to get some free publicity and improve your brand recognition. However, if you’re unable to fit a lot of details onto the van, then this could be ineffective and pointless. Think about the branding and what you want to add to your van before you make a decision on the size and type of van your business needs.

Consider The Best Finance Option

Vans are an expensive investment, and if you don’t have the money to buy the option you want then you’ll end up with a substandard vehicle. Explore the various financing options available to you to see if one of them will help your company to afford the vehicle you want. Alternatively, you could look into van leasing in the UK to find a lease that will save you money and allow your company to use the latest model.

Test Drive Different Vans

Whilst the size and capacity of the van is important, you also need to choose a vehicle that’s comfortable to drive, particularly if you and your staff plan to put in a lot of miles. Make sure that you test drive every van you’re considering before you make a commitment. If more than one team member will be driving the van, make sure that you all test drive your shortlist before you make a definitive decision.

If You Need Multiple Vans Get A Fleet Management Solution

For some businesses, one van may not be enough to carry all the supplies that they need, and in this case you should look into getting multiple vans. It can be a struggle to keep up with the activities of more than one vehicle in a business, so invest in a fleet management software product that will allow you to manage your fleet effectively and ensure that you get the most out of your investment.
Choosing a van that suits your business can be a challenge, but by following these tips you can find the perfect vehicle to give you and your team many years of enjoyment.

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Yokohama Winter Tyres-Will Help Your Car Through the Tough Yorkshire Winter Ahead?

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Yokohama Winter Tyres for winter performance

Tyres are arguably the most important part of your car. They fill a variety of roles in car performance, most importantly making sure that the car can roll! Without strong, adequate ones you run the risk of getting a blowout on the motorway or not being able to control your car in extreme weather conditions. Your mileage will also be lower with poor ones fitted to your

car. You want tyres that are strong, durable, and silent on the road. You also want them to last a long time. If you live in a snowy area, you probably want even more specialized wheels that perform well in snowy or icy conditions. Yokohama Winter Tyres are one of  the best in their class for such a job.

Now there is no overall “best tyres”. Some will enable faster driving. Others function better with wear and are more durable. However? if you live in cold areas, such as the Welsh mountains, North and West Yorkshire, the Lake District and most of Scotland. Yokohama Winter Tyres  are amongst the best.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Are designed to give you complete control over your car and maximum traction in icy conditions. They use specialized technology and tread designs to ensure that icy driving is no problem. Just driving slowly and carefully isn’t a valid option, especially if you live in a city that receives tons of ice and snow. You need the control, grip, and precision that Yokohama Tyres offer.

There are several false ideas that people have concerning winters . First, many people believe you only need two winters  or that you don’t need winters  at all. Regular summer ones or even all-season ones don’t offer the same level of control or safety as winters, especially in extreme conditions. Also, contrary to popular belief, you want to have four winters fitted. If your car uses a winter pair in the front, then a regular set of tyres on the back, then each end of your car will react differently. This can be extremely detrimental if you are sliding on ice or driving in extreme weather. Investing in Yokohama Winter Tyres is much safer for accelerating, braking, and handling of the car.

Traction control and ABS brakes offer only limited benefits to cars with winters fitted. Traction control does not help with the the traction of your car in any way, but  controls the

acceleration of your tyre. Winters will  give the grip you need in winter conditions. Similarly, while ABS brakes will only ensure that car tyres will not lock up, they also don’t improve the actual  traction.

I hope you enjoyed this article about the benefits of Yokohama Winter tyres.

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Thinking of Selling Your Car? Here Are Some Tips for Getting Your Money’s Worth

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Thinking of Selling Your Car

Buying a good car is like making an investment! Because you could earn a decent profit when selling it. However, most people don’t know how to go about doing this and will sell their old car for much less than it’s worth – just because they want to get rid of it as quickly as possible and make room for their new vehicle. If you’re a little savvier than this, then you probably want to squeeze every penny that you can out of your car. And so, in this piece we’re going to be sharing our top tips for getting your money’s worth when it comes to selling your old vehicle. 

1.) Good Maintenance

If you want to make a decent profit when selling your car, you should develop a long-term strategy for doing so. This includes properly maintaining the vehicle whilst it’s in your possession. When you don’t take care of your car, it’s resale value significantly decreases because fundamental issues start to arise. For instance, if you don’t regularly check the tyre pressure, this can lead to them becoming worn down. Rather than sitting on these problems, nip them in the bud before they develop into something worse that damages the vehicle in the long-term. Nobody wants to buy a broken car, after all.

2.) Scrap Companies

If your car is unsalvageable, then you probably won’t be able to sell it on to a new owner. However, this doesn’t mean you still can’t get a little cash along the way. Rather than disregarding it or allowing it to collect dust in your garage, instead you can turn it over to a professional scrap company. We recommend using Scrap Car Kings as they are specialists in their field and will provide the very best valuation of your vehicle. This means you can get every penny your old car is worth.

3.) Fixer-Upper

Your old car is probably still worth a lot of money – it’s just a little run down. In these circumstances, we recommend fixing what’s wrong with the vehicle before going on to sell it to others. Nobody will buy something which has loads of expensive problems attached to it. Replace broken parts or install new alloy wheels, whatever it takes to increase the resale value. Just make sure you can still make a profit at the end of the day. Perhaps consult a professional mechanic for help in this regard.

4.) Focus on Aesthetics

People are much more likely to buy something which looks good. The same applies to old cars. As such, it might be worthwhile giving your vehicle a new spray paint job or installing a swanky new stereo for the dashboard. These before and after transformations can be pretty remarkable, plus exponentially increase the resale value of your car – especially if the model was a limited edition. 

We hope that you have found our advice helpful and that you are Thinking of Selling Your Car for a decent amount of money.

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Good Garage-What Women Should Look for Good car servicing?

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What Women Want- 

The unfortunate reputation women, in general have when it comes to all things that have to do with cars is they are supposed not to know anything?. People tend to think that women buy a car on account of whether the colour looks good on her or if the upholstery is nice. The truth is, while there are a few who may be that way, many

women are more mechanically inclined than you think.  Here are a few things that women want- in a Good Garage.

1.      Positive Feedback about the garage concerned

Women are born shoppers for the most part. And while a few know exactly what they want and buy it at first sight, most prefer to window shop. Asking around and getting feedback from people who have used the Car Garage is one of the most reliable ways to gauge how good (or bad) the services are. You don’t expect the manager or sales person who works for the Good Garage to say anything negative, do you? So getting recommendations or cautionary tales is the best way to weed out the good from the bad.

 

2.      Professionalism as soon as you enter the Garage

If a woman’s reputation is she knows nothing about cars, the reputation of mechanics leans towards the seedy and lecherous who think a woman’s face is below her neck. By doing an inquiry in person and getting a sense of the people she will be dealing with, a woman will know that the garage is not meant for her if they make her uncomfortable with their behavior or comments. There is a place and time to be flirty. A Good Garage is not one of them.

 

3.      Handling Complaints

While this may come together with the feedback, it is important for women to find out how complaints are handled. Women are meticulous in general, so if something is not up to snuff and she wants it repaired or redone, will the garage be reasonable or bully her until she gives up. Ask around about how the garage you are looking into handles complaints. The after service response can be a very telling sign if the garage gives good service because this is where you find out how they handle back jobs and complaints. Check also how many complaints they get on the average. Too many complaints is a signal of poor service.   

 

4.      Affiliations (is the garage a member of an association)

A woman wants to know that a Good Garage is backed by more than word of mouth. If she knows that a garage has affiliations with companies that provide support and training for them, she will rest easier in choosing them.

 

5.      Guarantees(ask the  Garage about their guarantee scheme)

While there are no guarantees in life, a garage should have a guarantee on their parts and/or services. If they are as good as they make themselves out to be, they should not hesitate to give a guarantee on the work.

So if a woman finds all of this in one garage, she will most likely choose that one. Lucky for her,  can help her find these kinds of Good Garage from among their 700 independent and vetted garages nationwide. 

·         An open and honest approach with the customers

·         A high standard of work and excellent value for money

·         12 month guarantee on parts and labour

·         An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the garages of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Happy woman customer in a Good Garage

Should you even be looking anywhere else? Finally, it is recommended that these jobs should also be carries out when thinking about selling your car.

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Michelin Premium Tyres are Still Amongst the Best Including the Alpin Winter Tyre Range

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Michelin Premium Tyres one of the Best

Just the other day I was filling in a tyre complaint form. So, for a suspected faulty tyre, that was made by Continental . The tyre was from an SUV and had started to crack around the shoulder area. The cracks were very deep. Naturally, I recommended that we sent the tyre back to Continental. Importantly, to have a look and see what their opinion was. I always say “suspected fault”. Because we never know whether or not the problem was caused by a mechanical fault or not. Some faults are easy to detect! So, I have learned what to look for over the years. Of course, to determine if it’s a fault or not.

But in this case I was not sure. These SUV’s  are very big now and must come up against much flexing. Whilst carrying a large weight, perhaps causing flexing cracks in the shoulder area. So I decided to send them back. Faulty ones are not a very common site these days. Including the budget tyre brands. In fact after giving it much thought! I cannot remember seen a genuine faulty tyre for years now.

Bad Old Days

I am old enough to remember the bad old days when the tyre manufacturers were have a hell of a time with steel belted radials. The two companies with the biggest problems were Goodyear  and Firestone  and thousands were recalled or exchanged free of charge. The problem was that the steel wire that was used to make the steel belts in the tread area was not properly protected from oxidisation (rusting). When they were punctured the water would penetrate the steel belt and cause it to rust. The tyre then started to lift the treads , causing them to go out of shape. We also had them with bad balancing problems.

Michelin  coated their steel belts with an alloy made of brass, which was able to stand up to oxidisation and therefore they did not have any problems with out of shape tyres. The patent that Michelin had on the wire was eventually sold to the other tyre companies and the problems that they were having were eventually eradicated.

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This brings me onto the reason, that Michelin are perhaps still the best tyre product in the World. From the off the tyre manufacturer from France was streets ahead with the Michelin Premium Tyres X range . They were streets ahead of the other tyre makers and the X tyre became famous for its high mileage and reliability, the tyre would do twice the miles as its nearest rivals and the X was followed by other well-known tyre designs in their repertoire, we had the  ZX tyres, the  XZY and the XZL, XM and XC and many more that have escaped me. Michelin Premium Tyres also make an excellent winter tyre range, lead by the Alpin. This tyre was developed from the experiences of years involvement in motorsport especially auto  rallying.

Michelin Premium Tyres to me have always being the epitome of the best products you can buy. They can always guarantee you safety on the road through good handling an d steering qualities, while at the same time giving the car a smooth ride, whatever type or make the vehicle might be. Michelin tyres France always incorporated leading technology into their tyre products, making them a World leader.

When it comes to first rate premium products, Michelin tyres PLC have become a household name. These premium ones give much better handling, grip, endurance, driving comfort and accuracy. Michelin Premium Tyres quality has never been compromised on its tyre materials and design.

the Primacy 3, Michelin Pilot Sport 3 and the tyre developed for the SUVs, the Michelin Latitude Tour HP.

Michelin tyres leaders in greener tyres.

Because of mounting pressure from the Governments onto the Car manufacturers to make more fuel efficient models, then the car makers exerted pressure on the tyre companies to produce

with a much improved rolling resistance. Michelin Premium Tyres were quick to react and developed the more eco-friendly Fuel Saver tyre.

Because the tyres grip the road they consume a large portion of the cars fuel, because of this they brought out the Michelin Energy Saver tyre range. They reduced the rolling resistance of these tyres by incorporating a secret compound mix that reduced the carbon monoxide emissions from the car that they were fitted to. One of the ingredients used was known to be silicone has been used by other tyre companies. Another breakthrough has been the making of a different type of tread rubber, known as Durable Security Compound (DSC) this enables  Michelin Premium Tyres to retain the gripping characteristics of the tyre right down the tread ware indicating bars, yet another first for Michelin tyres energy saver tyres.